Skip to comments.America's biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta
Posted on 07/08/2011 10:13:38 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes
.Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that names 178 teachers and principals 82 of whom confessed in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal in US history.
This appears to be the largest of dozens of major cheating scandals, unearthed across the country. The allegations point an ongoing problem for US education, which has developed an ever-increasing dependence on standardized tests.
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Yeah; sorta makes you wonder how many other states are doing the same thing but haven’t been caught yet...
“It “confirms our worst fears,” says Mayor Kasim Reed. “There is no doubt that systemic cheating occurred on a widespread basis in the school system.” The news is absolutely devastating,” said Brenda Muhammad, chairwoman of the Atlanta school board. “Its our children. You just dont cheat children. “
Once again important information is being left out, but is still apparant
Who would expect anything less from a government-run educational system? Just follow the money.
No child left behind.
They probably have a large Black Muslim contingent in Atlanta...or at least, it seems that way every time I go through the Atlanta airport.
That said, I bet you’d find this same thing going on in most of the majority black districts in this country. This is not because blacks can’t learn, and certainly not because blacks can’t teach (my kids...not in majority black districts...had some great black teachers), but because blacks are owned by the Democratic Party, which never does something legitimate that it believes could be obtained by fraud. Lying and cheating are essential to the Dem way of life, and it should be no surprise that the most loyal Dem group of all is infected with this.
Yes, moron, you zeroed in right on the problem. It's the goddamm tests.
You're not a graduate of Atlanta schools, are you Patrik??
37 percent! And that was 2009. The public school system should be dismantled in favor of charter schools.
No Child Left Behind is precisely what exposed this. Unless these “teachers” had been subjected to standardized tests, they wouldn’t even have pretended to be teaching.
Actually, I shouldn’t blame all the teachers: the really culpable ones are the administrators, who mistrusted and undervalued their teachers and kids so much they thought they’d never be able to reach the (very modest) standards without cheating.
If dihonesty and duplicity, and the appearance of competence is the modus operandi of the first black presidency and its entire administration, what can be expected from the people who made it possible?
Look for the Obama administration to cite the Atlanta cheating scandal in his continuing efforts to eliminate standardized testing and teacher accountability at the bequest of the teacher’s union.
Hidden in this following quotation from the news story is the administration/union philosophy that teachers should be rewarded for improving test scores but not penalized for failing test scores.
“Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in June that NCLB is creating a slow-motion train wreck for children, parents, and teachers. On the other hand, an Obama administration proposal to pay bonuses to teachers who improve test scores in their classes may shift the stakes without lowering them.”
I really really hope that you meant 37 percentage points HIGHER, or the problem is worse than it appears.
His full name is Mohammed Kasim Reed. He or his family must have converted. He received his undergraduate degree and law degree from Howard University. He’s a bachelor and claims to have had a girlfriend for two years but her identity is a big secret.
NOTHING will happen to these people.
WE will hear about “healing” and “moving on” and “mistakes were made”
... and no one will go to jail, or lose their job.
... reassigned and resigned will be the worst outcome.
These folks ARE elite members of Atlanta’s protected class.
If I were to defraud my customer; a couple of things would happen almost immediately.
First - before the court case was even typed - I would be fired. No retirement, no health insurance - FIRED on the spot.
Secondly - I would face charges of fraud, and likely would go to jail.
I really wish I could say I was surprised about all this, but, my high school English teacher could seldom use the proper form of there/they’re/their. Even if the teachers were just teaching to the test, at least they’d be teaching to something.
We need something like a federal department to oversee the education system. Yep, that is what we need.
Yeah, I grabbed this from Wiki:
“NCLB was originally proposed by the administration of George W. Bush immediately after he took office. The bill, shepherded through the Senate by co-author Senator Ted Kennedy, received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress”
Point is, the left points the finger at Bush solely with respect to this NCLB.
It is another example of why bigger government creating more legislation will not work. “Politically correct” and otherwise beauracracies lacking in integrity and noble missions will always figure out how to “game” the system.
Can’t wait to hear how George Bush and the Republicans will be blamed for the Pelosi-Obama heathcare Bill down the road, by the way.
Now, if we get to that “post-racial” America era, it will be interesting to do a study of how the race-card plays in the game of corruption. And I ask that knowing the race-card is not the only ace in the deck, to be sure.
To be sure, tight group identity, exclusion of others, and the shared group feeling that all is justified, leads to some interesting results. Are Holder and Obama playing with the same card of 1930’s Germans? Extreme question. Similar onion.
Worst thing (or best) likely to happen, IMO, is that Holder resigns.
Sorry wrong thread.....
And let’s give them lots of money to make sure they have the tools to get the job done. Yep, great idea.
When I took the SATs back around 1966, you were not allowed to have any of your own teachers as monitors. Likewise, the NYS regents exams (standardized final examinations in subjects like History, Algebra I, Chemistry, ...) were administered by teachers other than those who taught you and graded by teachers from other schools. The teachers administering the test did not answer questions or offer any help whatsoever.
If the same people teach and are in anyway involved in the evaluation, there is an obvious conflict of interest.
“NOTHING will happen to these people.
WE will hear about healing and moving on and mistakes were made
... and no one will go to jail, or lose their job.
... reassigned and resigned will be the worst outcome.
These folks ARE elite members of Atlantas protected class.”
Oh, how wrong you are!
You see, they will be suspended! Suspended with pay, and benefits, and pension! Can you imagine how that must hurt? Do you even understand the humility you must have, to have to sit home and collect your paycheck bi-weekly, and NOT TEACH!
I think you make light of the severe disciplinary action that these folks will incur.
There is probably no greater punishment for a NEA member, than being forced to stay away from their love of teaching and their calling in life to educate our youth.
I can’t imagine the anguish these folks are going to feel when they are forced to spend their time at the riverboats and casinos with their small pittance of compensation while they are indefinitely suspended.
Some will probably even be forced to move on to other democrat strongholds, and seek administrative jobs for metropolitan school districts outside of where they are now. They would be forced to relocate, and the forced to be administrators at the silly pay rate of say $250k a year (while still collecting the pay from their previous position of which they are suspended from), and then doubling up on their pensions. Oh, the humanity. If this is not all punishment enough, then I am not sure what is. I mean, this would be considered cruel and unusual by the UN council of human rights, but no.... here in Amerikkka, we humiliate these poor teachers by forcing them into suspensions with pay. Sometimes until retirement!!! This cannot stand!
/sarcasm of course
The teachers had parties where they altered the students test papers before submittal. Some tests were altered such that completely failing the reading section was altered to high scores in reading.
It was admitted that teachers were threatened if they reported this and those who did were lauded (one specifically by Obama).
The scandal is huge here in Hotlanta (as Rush called it rightly).
Response: I heard on Fox this A.M. that the same scandal is being uncovered in Philadelphia, Baltimore, etc. etc.
Comment: I love to watch the "explanations:" i.e. lack of funding, the parents, truancy, the test itself fails to reflect the culture, the Bush administartion, the position of the stars and planets. Anything is blamed as the cause except a reality which must remain unexpressed.
It’s happening all over. Who’s watching the watchers?
If they want to pursue standards they will apparently have to have an independent company do the testing. The teachers have a big vested interest in cheating. They are trying to save their own jobs.
An independent company has no interest in hashing up the results. I suppose they may be vulnerable to bribes, but, bribery is a big crime and I think they’d fear getting “caught on tape.”
“This is not because blacks cant learn, and certainly not because blacks cant teach”
No, it’s because the dominant black culture ridicules education.
It is a crying shame, because post-slavery many great black Americans really undertook to educate themselves and their black compatriots, to empower them and lift them out of poverty, etc.
Their legacy has been just about destroyed and that is a big loss.
“In other news, homeschoolers in a 2009 progress report shows that they out-perform public schools by scoring 37 percentage points on standardized achievement tests.”
Presumably without cheating.
If only they had mo money, none of this would have happened.
I heard some liberal blame this on Bush and the No Child Left Behind law. They said that because the standardized test scores are the most important factor in measuring school quality and student achievement,that schools teach to the test and everything revolves around that.
That may be somewhat true, however, does anything justify cheating on the tests,even though we hear complaints about teaching to the test????
Well, if they teach the test, they wouldn’t have time to teach global warming and homersexuality.
...and condoms and self esteem and endangered species and sports.
Yes, higher. Thanks for catching that.
America’s biggest teacher and Principal cheating scandal..?
But the other thread said Mississippi was the fattest state. ?
“I heard some liberal blame this on Bush and the No Child Left Behind law.”
It is Bush’s fault for letting Ted Kennedy write the law.